There are various ways to gain access to your shell account:

If you have a Telnet client, you may dial into the Internet as you usually do. Once you have logged on to the Internet, then start your Telnet client. Telnet to, or more specifically, you may telnet to Linux is the actual name of the machine you are logging into, and where your user home directory is located. When telnetting to, you will be prompted again for your username, and password to log into the machine.

Windows 95 comes with a Telnet program. To access it, go START, RUN and type telnet

If you are using Windows 3.1, there is a telnet client available on the Cottage Software Inc. FTP site. is the location of the file. This file is in ZIP format.

If you do not have a Telnet client, you may access your shell account by using a modem terminal program. Programs such as Procomm, Windows 3.1 Terminal, Hyperterm, or any other terminal program should work. You will need to set the terminal emulation to VT100, or ANSI, to be able to use screen formatting. Use your terminal program to dial into the Internet using the number you usually use. At the Login: prompt, type telnet. This will present you with the Login: prompt for the machine Login with your username, and at the password, input your password.

How to log into your shell account:

No matter which method above you use, you will be faced with the Linux login: prompt. At the Linux login: prompt you should input your user name. Be sure it is in lower case characters. You will then be asked for your password. Input your password. It will not echo to you, so type carefully. If your input is acceptable, you will be told the last time you logged in to your shell account, and you will be told that you have logged.

Next you will be asked for your terminal type with prompt Terminal type? [Console]. At this point, if you are using ANSI or VT100 terminal emulation, all you have to do is type return. If you are using some other type of emulation, you will have to input the name of your terminal. If you have difficulty, contact us for assistance. Next you will see a somewhat funny, or philosophical statement from the computer, and the Linux:~# prompt. You have arrived at the shell account prompt.

What can I do with my shell account?

Through your shell account, you have access to the Linux environment. Linux is a version of the UNIX operating system, and is very powerful. You may now use the various Linux (UNIX) commands. Some useful commands are:

	pine	a news and Email reader.
	ls	directory
	man	Manual. By typing man, and the name of a command, you may look at
		the manual page for that command. For example man man will display
		the manual for the man command.
	cd	changes directories.
	rm 	removes (erases) a file.
	chmod	changes the access permissions of a file or directory.
	mkdir	creates a new directory.
	rmdir	removes a directory.
	pwd	prints the current working directory.
	traceroute traces the Internet route to another machine.
	cp	copies a file
	mv	moves a file. This command can be used to move a file from one
		place to another. Be careful, as it erases it from the source
		location after it is done. This command is also used to rename
		a file or directory.
	ftp	an FTP client for file transfers.

Where do I find out more information?

There are many books available on the UNIX operating system in general, and on Linux in particular. A trip to the local library, or book store will probably overwhelm you with choices. There are so many books available, that it would be impossible for us to evaluate all of them and make any recommendation.

Running user supplied programs from within my shell account.

If you would like to bring software to run from within your shell account, you may do so, provided that the software is first approved by the administration of the Internet Connection. You do not have any access to compilers, assemblers, linkers, or libraries. This means that you cannot compile your own software on the system. We must perform that task for you.

What do I do when I am finished using my shell account?

When you have finished using your shell account, type exit at the command prompt. Exit will log you off the system, and close all of your processes.

Enjoy your personal Shell Account. As always, if you have any questions, of encounter any difficulties, Contact Us.


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